Bhubaneswar, Sep 15:
The state government has decided to allow the state-owned Bargarh Cooperative Sugar Mills to operate and manage the ailing the Bijayananda Cooperative Sugar Mills (BCSM) in Balangir district.
A decision to this effect was a taken by a committee headed by chief secretary JK Mohapatra, at the state secretariat here on Saturday.
Sources said an estimated yield of 50,000 metric tonnes (MT) is expected by November from nearly 2,350 acres of sugarcane fields in the area.
The meeting revealed that the BCSM, which is in dire straits due to financial bungling and mismanagement, has become defunct since June this year and the supply of electricity to the factory has been disconnected in August.
While the employees and security staff have not received their salaries for the last three months, the cane growers are waiting for their payments to the tune of Rs 13 lakh. The management has also failed to reconstitute its Board of Directors as per the new Odisha State Cooperative (Amendment) Act, 2013.
It was decided that the state government would appoint the collector of Balangir as Manager-in-Charge of the BCSM.
Additional chief secretary, Finance, UN Behera who was present at the high-level meeting suggested running the sugar mill by the new management in the interest of farmers.